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Animation Art History Photography

Artist Bill Domonkos Remixes Archival Footage and Photos into Surreal Animations

June 1, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by Fitz W. Guerin from The Library of Congress. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

Working with photographs, film clips, and illustrations lost to time, San Francisco-based filmmaker and stereoscopist Bill Domonkos creates darkly humorous animated GIFs. The resurrected photos merged with modern animation are almost completely nonsensical in subject matter and yet perfect in their execution, the more random the better. From his artist statement:

I experiment by combining, altering, editing and reassembling using digital technology, special effects and animation to create a new kind of experience. I am interested in the poetics of time and space—to renew and transform materials, experiences and ideas. The extraordinary thing about cinema is its ability to suggest the ineffable—it is this elusive, dreamlike quality that informs my work.

These brief animations capture the filmmakers wit and aesthetic, but he uses many of the same techniques for much longer films, many of which have been shown in galleris and festivals around the world. You can explore more of Domonkos’ work on Tumblr and on Ello.

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Archive film footage from the Internet Archive’s 35mm stock footage collection. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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Photo: Costică Acsinte. Stock footage from Videvo. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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Archive Film Footage from the Prelinger Archives. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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(Image: Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora) (Circular Wave Anim by SoylentGreen)

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Image from page 96 of Our domestic animals, their habits, intelligence and usefulness (1907). Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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Photo: c1909. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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Animation Art Illustration

Surreal Monochromatic GIFs by Carl Burton

May 11, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Digital artist and animator Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web. He works primarily with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and After Effects, spending several hours or even days on a single GIF depending on its complexity. You can see more of his work on Tumblr. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Art

A Playable Version of Pong Set Inside a Piet Mondrian Painting

March 24, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Over at digital arts community B3ta, a user challenged others to create images of fake video games based off of famous artworks. The results are pretty phenomenal, but one user who goes by HappyToast envisioned a version of Pong set inside a Piet Mondrian painting. After seeing the GIF, designer Kristiana Hansen instantly set out to program the real thing. So here you have it: 2 player MondriPong 1.2. (via BoingBoing)

 

 



Animation Illustration

Enchanting Storybook GIFs Animated by ‘Sparrows’

March 16, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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An illustrator who goes by the name Sparrows has been sharing a lovely series of imaginative GIFs that frequently spread like wildfire across Tumblr. Each storybook animation features some form of magical realism where pelicans play scrabble, tattoos bloom from skin, or breakfasts appear to cook themselves. Sparrows tells us that she works professionally as an illustrator, but these brief standalone pieces are just ideas she wants to exist outside of her head. The snapshots appear to exist in the same little universe but aren’t meant to be part of a larger narrative. You can see many more over on Tumblr, where she also answers a few questions about her process.

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Animation Art

An Early Valentine’s ‘GIF(T)’ from Lonac

January 25, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Here’s a fun new animated mural by Croatian artist Lonac (previously) who painted this anatomically-correct heart complete with an air duct aorta using nothing but freehand spray paint. You can take a peek at some of his ongoing projects over on Facebook.

 

 



Animation Art Photography

Dreamy Animated Light Paintings by Lucea Spinelli

January 13, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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NYC-based photographer Lucea Spinelli has a special appreciation for light and motion in her series of moving images titled Phōtosgraphé. She utilizes chairs, swing sets, and park benches as backdrops and props for luminous forms that seem to bounce effortlessly through the frame. In some pieces the light mimics the pathway of ghostly human figures while in others it sparkles like fireflies or expands like a rainbow. You can see more from the series here.

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Animation Art Photography

New Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent Explore Quirky Isolated Movements

November 24, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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French photographer and director Romain Laurent (previously here and here) started making portrait-based GIFs as a way to produce work outside his commercial jobs, a spontaneous project that would encourage him to produce consistently for himself rather than clients. Each GIF is simple in its concept—a snap of the finger, a twist of the hand—yet is elegant in its composition of muted colors and subjects often centered squarely in the frame. Although GIFs often incorporate the whole subject, Laurent’s work highlights one or two specific movements, isolating gestures rather than animating the whole image.

Laurent studied product design at the National School of Applied Arts in Paris before realizing photography was his medium of choice. Laurent nows works in New York City and has collaborated with clients such as Reebok, Hermes, Lacoste, Nissan, Google, and GQ. You can see more of his inventive portraits on his Tumblr, and access his GIFs directly on his Giphy page here.

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